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  • Filing for local, state offices begins next week

    If you're interested in filing for local or state offices, your chance is coming up.

    Filing for state and local Democratic and Republican offices begins at noon March 16 and closes at noon March 30. Both days are Sundays.

    Democrats will file at 206 S. Main St., the law offices of Norrell and Powers-Norrell.

    Republicans will file at 874 S. Lake Drive, the office of Storage to Go.

    County offices up for election and their filing fees are:

    - Clerk of court: $2,701.24

    - Sheriff: $3,137.40

    - Coroner: $2,093.12

    - Auditor: $2,456.56

  • Local singer/songwriter on his way

    INDIAN LAND - Singer, songwriter and recording artist Derek McFarland, who recently released his second contemporary country CD, "I'll Show You Where," performed for neighbors and friends in his BridgeMill community recently, and is ready to share his talents with South Carolina and the rest of the country.

  • Woman fights off assailants

    A woman said she fought back against two men who invaded her Old Blackmon Lane home about 6 a.m. Tuesday.

    The woman, who was home alone, is friends with one of the men and knows of the other man.

    They were at the house then left for about 15 minutes before returning.

    When they returned, one asked to use her phone. While he was on the phone, the other man entered the house with a shotgun.

    According to a Lancaster County Sheriff's Office incident report, both men yelled at the woman, asking her, "What you got?"

  • Storm causes some damage

    It has been reported that a tornado touched down in Lancaster County during Tuesday's severe storms.

    The National Weather Service reported that a weak tornado briefly touched down in the county four miles east-northeast of Great Falls in Lancaster County. The tornado, which was on the ground for about a mile and was about 40 yards wide, downed some trees, according to the storm report.

    Lancaster County was under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes Tuesday afternoon.

  • Letters mailed to residents of mussel overlay district

    INDIAN LAND - If you live in the Six Mile Creek basin, you'll probably get a letter from Lancaster County concerning the Carolina heelsplitter this week.

    The Lancaster County Planning Department is sending out about 3,000 letters to residents and property owners in the Six Mile Creek basin, which is east of U.S. 521 in the Panhandle. County Council is working on measures to protect the heelsplitter, an endangered mussel, which lives in Six Mile Creek in Indian Land.

  • Local sailor completes icy mission

    ANTARCTICA - The temperature hovers around zero degrees all day. You're surrounded by ice, and depending on how strong the wind is, the temperature can drop to nearly 50 degrees below zero.

    Quincy Champion says that Antarctica is so cold, you have to wear special clothing to prevent freezing to death.

    Despite the conditions, he's glad to have gone there three times.

    "It's a beautiful place," he said.

  • Man looks to market ant-proof pet bowls

    PAGELAND - Randy Deese says he's found a foolproof way to keep fire ants from helping themselves to your pet's food.

    In various places around his yard are early prototypes for the Ultimate Pet Feeder, a bowl he created for his own pets after fire ants became a serious problem.

    It's taken seven years for him to polish the product before offering it for sale to the public.

    They should be available for stores in about five weeks, he said.

  • Man faces charges in sports bar shooting

    Charges were filed Monday against a Lancaster man who fired a handgun Friday night outside the Buford Sports Bar off S.C. 522.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged William Wesley Branham Jr., 36, of 2736 Kirkover Drive, with assault with intent to kill and pointing and presenting a firearm.

    Branham was involved in an altercation with a man outside the bar about 2 a.m., according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    Witnesses told deputies that Branham pulled out a knife after he began to fight.

  • Teen shot, car shot at in two city incidents

    Lancaster police continue to investigate two shootings that reportedly occurred about the same time Saturday night.

    Officers came to East Dunlap Street near the Witherspoon Street intersection about 8 p.m. and found a teenager lying in the grass off the road.

    The teen, 17, had been shot in the back. He said he didn't know who the assailant was, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    He was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

  • Man, 29, shot after holdup at nightclub

    Ulyses Oliver believes he might have been killed if an assault on him occurred just a few moments later.

    When Oliver stepped outside the Grown Folks club off Kershaw Camden Highway early Friday morning to go home, three men approached him and demanded money. Two had guns and the other man had his hands under his shirt pretending to have a firearm, he said.

    Oliver said one of the men told him that they had "wanted to get (him)" for a while.